Well we are certainly gaining some resilience and working together through the level changes. We even had an off-shore earthquake mixed in with the last lockdown. Please know that I have spoken with Civil Defence and due to the layout of the surrounding land, our school is not in a tsunami zone. The great news is that this afternoon Auckland returns to Alert Level One, so we can welcome our community back in to our school. If coming on to the school site, please still remember to scan the school code. If a child or a parent is unwell with any cold or flu symptoms they cannot come in to the school grounds but should contact their doctor or health line (free calling on 0800 358 5453) and follow their advice. These measures will help to keep our community safe.
As New Zealand has begun the Covid vaccination programme, there is an increase of conflicting advice via the media. Some of which looks official, but is not. To help you navigate this information, further on in this newsletter is notice from the Ministry of Education, with links to reputable sites you can visit to read more about the virus and the vaccination programme.
The start to school this year has certainly been disrupted by the lockdowns. I have noticed that a number of parents seem to be asking about things that have either been in an email, on Seesaw or in the newsletter already. Or are taking a long time to respond to requests (there were so many late swimming entires the heats needed to be redone a few times). We do appreciate that everyone’s lives are busy. Can I please ask that parents do read the school correspondence carefully – and look through the full newsletter each fortnight. That would really help our organisation at school. Thank you.
On 26 February we had our community working bee to move our mulch pile around the Ngahere Ako (learning forest) bush by the pathway to the field. We had a small turn out from our community, but were very grateful for their assistance and their company. Please see the photos in this newsletter.
Within this newsletter are also some examples of the Rainy Day writing from our earlier lockdown.
Today is our Year 4 to 6 swimming sports regatta at Northern Arena, and I have been lucky enough to join them for the morning. Big congratulations to all of the students for their participation, and thank you to our teachers and helpers for making the day possible. A special thanks to Nikki Douglas for the many hours it takes to organise, including placing students into race heats.
Thank you again everyone for your support. Have a lovely, safe fortnight
Linda Linda Barton Principal
School App and Website
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PTA Annual General Meeting (AGM), 7.00pm in the staffroom. All welcome
Kowhai Team (Rooms 2, 3 and 5) Goal Setting Conferences – bookings close on Tuesday 16 March.
Full school assembly, 9.00am in the hall. All welcome
Scooter Safety Sessions for Totara and Kauri classes (students participating must bring their scooter and helmet)
Dental bus at school
BoT Meeting, 6.30pm in the staffroom
Teacher Only Day – school closed. Kelly Club will be open
2, 5 and 6 April
School closed for the Easter Holidays
Totara trip to Auckland Zoo
Full school assembly, 9.00am in the hall. All welcome
Last day of Term 1
2021 Term Dates
Thursday 4 February – Friday 16 April
Waitangi Day – Monday 8 February (school closed)
Teacher Only Day – Thursday 1 April (school closed)
Good Friday – Friday 2 April
Easter Holiday – Monday 5 April and Tuesday 6 April (school closed)
Monday 3 May – Friday 9 July
Teacher Only Day – Friday 4 June (school closed)
Queens Birthday – Monday 7 June (school closed)
Monday 26 July – Thursday 30 September
Teacher Only Day – Friday 1 October (school closed)
Monday 18 October – Wednesday 15 December
Labour Day – Monday 25 October (school closed)
Teacher Only Day – Tuesday 26 October (school closed)
Welcome New Students
A warm welcome to the new students who have started at Long Bay Primary this year:
Matthew, Sarah, Ashley, Rowan and Michelle
Important School Reminders
Absence from School
If your child is going to be absent from school, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09 473 6077, option 2 and advise the Office to avoid your child being marked as truant.
If your child arrives late to school, they MUST call at the Office window for a late pass. This is so we know they are safe.
If you are collecting your child early from school, all parents/caregives need to sign them out at the Office. Children are not allowed to leave school grounds early unless they are signed out. Where possible, please do not arrange to collect a child during break times, as it is extremely difficult to locate them. Morning tea is 11.15am to 11.45am and lunch is 1.15pm and 2.00pm.
School Adventure Playground
Please remember that the playground is out of bounds for all students before school. Children who are accompanied by their parent may play on the playground after school and on the weekends. Children cannot stay and play on the playground after school unless their parent is with them.
Before and After School Care – Kelly Club
Kelly Club is available at Long Bay Primary from 7.00am until 6.00pm in the afternoon. Please contact Kelly Club on 027 363 3329 or at email@example.com if you have any enquiries or wish to make a booking. Kelly Club will be using the hall and Room 4 for Before and After School Care this year.
Sports Buzz, Week 6
Sports currently available on the LBP Shop/Kindo:
Rippa Rugby – All tournaments are played during school time. We are desperately looking for more girls to play so we can enter in the girls-only league. This is a non-tackling version of rugby – students just need to be good runners with reasonable ball handling skills.
Netball – Years 1-6 – we need more players in all age groups.
Hockey – Years 3-6 – we need more players in all age groups.
Weetbix Tryathlon – link – Hibiscus Coast (Manly Park) on Sunday 28 March 2021. If you register as part of the school there is a discounted entry price for a limited time. We already have students signed up and training, so if you are aged 6 years or older give it a Try! Here is a link to a training guide.
School Swimming Sports
Rainy Day Poems
Pitter patter here comes the rain,
Pitter patter raindrops on the pane,
Splish splosh water running down the lane,
Splish splosh water rushing down the drain. SPLASH!
I can hear raindrops, it sounds peaceful. I can see flowers on the ground and the ground is wet. I can feel nothing. I can taste water, it tastes normal. It smells normal. I think about being scared. It reminds me of being at school when it was pouring.
Working Bee Photos
Thank you to the families and children who assisted at the recent school working bee. Your help is much appreciated!
Oneroa Kahui Ako
Our school belongs to the Oneroa Kāhui Ako/Community of Learning which consists of Glamorgan, Oteha Valley, Torbay, Sherwood, Long Bay Primary and Northcross Intermediate Schools and Long Bay College. Early learning services are also able to join a Kāhui Ako. After initial consultation last year, we are now welcoming local early learning services whose tamariki transition into our schools to join the Kahui Ako they wish to. If you have any questions about this collaboration, please contact the co-principals of the Oneroa Kāhui Ako: Janet Pinchen (Glamorgan) and Rose Neal (Oteha Valley School).
Long Bay Primary PTA will be having a short Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 17 March at 7.00pm in the staff room, all welcome. This will be followed by a PTA meeting and brainstorming session to decide on our fundraising plans for the year. Anyone who would like to be part of a friendly group of people and if you have any ideas for fundraising, we would love to see you.
Message from the Ministry of Education regarding the Covid 19 Vaccination Programme
As you will be aware, COVID-19 vaccinations have begun for border and managed isolation and quarantine (MIQ) workers and their households, as part of the Government’s sequenced vaccination plan.
While more than 9000 of our most at-risk border and frontline workers have received their first dose of the vaccine, the programme is still in its infancy and vaccines will become available in stages. Therefore, the large majority of New Zealanders won’t be able to be vaccinated until the second half of this year.
The next group offered the opportunity to be vaccinated will be 50,000 family and household contacts of the border workforces in our main centres and after that, non-border frontline health workers.